FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team hosts Nebraska Tuesday in the second of three games in five days for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas (8-3) wrapped up finals and graduation last week and celebrated with a 71-44 win over Prairie View A&M on Sunday. The Razorbacks follow up the Nebraska game with a trip to Tulsa on Thursday in the final game before the holiday competition break.
Balance is the best way to describe this year’s team. Four different players have led the Razorbacks in scoring and three different players have been the team’s leading rebounder.
Three players, led by Chelsea Dungee (CHEL-see DUN-gee) with 16.3 points per game, average double figures this year. Malica Monk (MAL-ick-cuh MONK) checks in at 12.8 ppg followed by Alexis Tolefree UH-lex-is TOLL-free) with 12.5 ppg.
Despite the obvious numbers of Dungee, Monk and Tolefree, Arkansas has several other scoring options that opponents have to prepare for. Kiara Williams (key-R-uh Williams), Taylah Thomas (TA-luh Thomas), Bailey Zimmerman and Rokia Doumbia (ro-KEY-uh doom-BE-uh) have also scored in double figures this season. Williams, Thomas and Zimmerman also lead the team on the boards.
Malica Monk needs just eight points to reach the 1,000th-career point mark. She will become the 28th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points and the first since Sarah Watkins reached that number in 2013.
Monk and Jailyn Mason (JAY-lyn Mason) are also climbing the career assists ladder. Monk is currently No. 13 overall with 278 assists while Mason is T-25 with 208 assists.
Nebraska is big with eight of 11 players listed at 6’-0” or taller. Sophomore Kate Cain leads Nebraska in rebounding and stands at 6’-5”. The Cornhuskers are out-rebounding opponents by 63 boards and a +6.3-rebounding margin. Nebraska is also a threat from distance. They lead their conference in 3-point field goal attempts with 217 and rank second with 7.3 3-point field goals per game and 73 3-point field goals made.
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